Everyone has a story to share and telling it can truly change the world in big ways. One woman encourages people everywhere to tell their stories. Her story is about her experience with sexual assault.
Kaiha Bertollini will begin “A Hike for Our Lives” starting from Maine and ending in Georgia on the Appalachian Trail. She will be completing this hike by herself in less than 90 days. Physical activity can be a form of healing from trauma and her perseverance will serve her well on the trail. Her vision is to change the way our society looks at survivors of sexual violence. She understands that what she is doing is much bigger than herself as an individual. This woman is determined to give everything she has to this project and give it her best shot. Kaiha shares some words of wisdom that everyone can learn a lesson from. “The only limitations are the one’s inside your mind, and when you smash them there is no limit to what you can do,” Kaiha stated prior to leaving for her journey.
By completing this personal journey, Kaiha hopes to inspire those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to speak out and share their stories. This project creates a safe space for people everywhere to come out and share their struggle with PTSD and trauma from sexual violence. Sharing can be uncomfortable, but suffering in silence can be equally as unbearable. Kaiha shares her story not only because she wants to be heard, but because she wants to encourage other people to share too. Kaiha explains the feelings that go along with telling her story, “It’s uncomfortable to talk about (sexual violence), but it is uncomfortable to be robbed of your connection with the world.,”.
Share your story and speak out here –> http://www.hikeforourlives.org/#!share-a-story/cl744
Rape culture is a real issue, and how our society handles survivors of assault is appalling. It will take everyone coming together to address the issue in a civil manner. With civility, comes awareness, but most of all, it requires patience. Kaiha is planting a seed to help grow an idea into a solution that is much bigger than any individual. We are here to connect, to communicate, to love and to be loved. The world and the people in it have been divided for so long that when we try to connect it can be difficult. Everyone is invited to come together and celebrate “A Hike for Our Lives”.
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